Did you know?
An AC unit operating in the shade uses as much as 10% less electricity than one operating in the sun. Plant trees or shrubs to shade AC units but don't block the airflow.
The attached Energy Conservation Guide shares ways to save energy and money.
Energy Conservation Tips
- Use LEDs to save money on the lighting portion of your energy bill. These bulbs last far longer and emit less heat than incandescent lighting.
- Use "task lighting" over desks so you can work without lighting the entire room.
- Clean lighting fixtures regularly. Dust on lamps and reflectors reduces lighting efficiency.
- Make sure outdoor lighting is turned off during the daytime. One way to make this easier is to install a timer or a photoelectric control.
- Teach children to turn lights and fans off as they leave a room.
- Have your air conditioning tested for duct leaks at least once a year. If the air leaks into your attic, a lot of energy will be wasted.
- Check to make sure you have enough insulation in your attic, ceilings and walls. If not, adding more can make an effective barrier against summer heat and winter cold.
- Make sure air is not leaking out or coming in from around your windows and doors. Caulk and weather strip to make sure you have a tight seal.
- During the summer, when your fireplace is not in use, be sure the damper is closed.
- Install storm doors at all entrances of your home to reduce air infiltration when your door is opened. It will also act as a buffer and reduce heat transfer through the main door when they are both closed.
- In summer, close window coverings during the day to keep your room cool. Open them at night to allow heat to escape.
- Plant trees and shade bushes on the south side of your home to help keep the sun's heat from warming the walls and roof.
- Set your cooling thermostat as high as comfort will permit. The higher the setting, the more energy you will save.
- Use a fan to help the air feel up to 10 degrees cooler.
- Make sure you have the most energy efficient water heater in your home. Those purchased prior to 1994 may be costing you more than a newer model. Look for Energy Star-rated appliances.
- Try and use appliances that create heat during the night, so they don't add to heat with which your home contends during the day.
- When washing dishes or clothes, make sure you process a full load to save energy.
- When using the dishwasher, soak or pre-wash only in cases of burned-on or dried-on foods.
- Avoid running hot water to clean your razor while shaving. Then you will not have the expense of warming more water in your water heater.
- Install energy-efficient showerheads. The less hot water you use, the less your water heater has to run to keep it warm.
- Fix dripping and defective plumbing. It's helpful to select one or two days a year to inspect all of your home's plumbing fixtures – inside and out.
- When using a clothes dryer, refrain from over drying clothes. Once they're dry, they're dry.
- Clean your clothes dryer lint trap after each use to help the machine run more efficiently.
- Wash or rinse clothes in cold or warm water instead of hot.
- When cooking on a range top, make sure you use the appropriate burner for the size of your pot, and make sure the bottom of your pot is flat, so it absorbs the heat efficiently.
- Use a microwave instead of an oven, when possible, to keep your kitchen from heating up. Also, microwaves use less than half of the power of ovens and cook for a shorter period of time.
- Keep your refrigerator and freezer full. It takes less energy to keep the food cold when there is less space and therefore less air to cool. Jugs of water can help fill up unused space.
- Make a list of snack foods available for children and post it on the refrigerator. That way they can decide what to eat before opening the door, and less cool air will escape.
- Do not keep a freezer or refrigerator in an unairconditioned area such as a garage or carport. They are much less efficient when running outside.
- Allow hot liquids or food to cool before refrigerating. Then your refrigerator will not have to work as hard to keep the temperature cold.